I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent her lifetime disagreeing . . . with creaky old ideas. With unfairness. With inequality. She has disagreed. She has disapproved. She has objected and resisted. She has dissented!

Disagreeable? No. Determined? Yes! Ruth Bader Ginsburg has changed her life, and ours, by voicing her disagreements and standing up for what’s right. This picture book about the first female Jewish justice of the U.S. Supreme Court shows that disagreeing does not make you disagreeable and that important change can happen one disagreement at a time.

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Ages 5 and up
ISBN 978-1-4814-6559-5

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I Dissent Curriculum Guide


* 2017 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner * (awarded by the Association of Jewish Libraries)

* 2016 National Jewish Book Award *

* 2017 Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children * (awarded by the National Council of Teachers of English)

* California Reading Association’s 2016 Eureka! Gold Award *

* New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) 2017 Carla Cohen Free Speech Book of the Year *

* Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Honor Book *

* Virginia Library Association’s Jefferson Cup Award

* Margaret Wise Brown Prize Honor Book (Hollins University) *

* SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Crystal Kite Award *

* 2017 Amelia Bloomer Top Ten *

* ALA-ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) Notable Book 2017

* CLA (Children’s Literature Assembly) Notable Book 2017

* Notable Social Studies Trade Book 2017 * (National Council for the Social Studies and Children’s Book Council)

* New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2016 *

* “Baddeley and Levy. . . . demonstrate how disagreement can lead to meaningful discussion and doesn’t have to be personal. This lively, inviting, and informative biography of a historic woman will empower young ones to bravely voice their opinions.”
Booklist (starred review)

* “Students will delight. . . . This dynamic offering is an essential purchase.”
School Library Journal (starred review)

“Speak purposefully and carry a big legal pad. . . . Read this and be inspired to work for justice through the legal system.”
Kirkus Reviews

“[A] spirited picture book biography of the second woman to sit on the high court.”
Publishers Weekly

“There’s a new strong-willed young heroine in the world of children’s literature: Ruth Bader Ginsburg. . . . [who] may now see her fan based get even younger.”
Washington Post

“. . . a delightfully fruitful venture. . . .”
USA Today

“A perfect gift for the littlest feminists in your life.”
–JW Magazine

I Dissent is a splendid jumping-off point for discussions with kids about how notions of justice and fairness evolve. . . A picture book is a conversation, and this one gives you and your kids so much fodder.”

“. . . an inspiring tale of ups and downs, struggles and successes.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“. . . supremely inspiring. . . . Levy cleverly pulls out words that show Ginsburg disagreeing with the status quo and organizes the narrative around them. The young Ruth . . . not only dissented, she also ‘protested,’ ‘objected,’ ‘disapproved,’ ‘resisted and persisted,’ and ‘did not concur’–which arms young girls with a vocabulary to use when they run up against opposition.”
–Common Sense Media

I Dissent is a lively, rich, and welcome addition to classroom bookshelves.”
–The Classroom Bookshelf *
*Educators: This review in The Classroom Bookshelf is chock-full of great ideas for using I Dissent in classrooms, and for extending the lessons beyond this one book!

New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2016

Chicago Public Library Best Informational Books 2016

Booklist Editors’ Choice 2016

Notable Books for a Global Society 2017 (International Reading Association)

Tablet‘s Best Children’s Picture Books of 2016

2016 Nerdy Nonfiction Picture Book Award

Huffington Post Best Picture Books of 2016

Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year 2017

A Junior Library Guild Selection

A PJ Library Selection

Autumn 2016 Kids’ Indie Next List

2016 ABC Best Books for Young Readers (American Booksellers Association)

2017 Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award Honor Book (Maryland Library Association)

2017 Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List

Wisconsin State Reading Association Picture This Year-End List 2018

State children’s book award nominations: Bluestem Award (Illinois); Black-Eyed Susan (Maryland); Rhode Island; Towner Award (Washington); Nutmeg Book Award (Connecticut); Red Clover (Vermont)

Little Free Library Action Book Club selection 2018

Read the Washington Post review

Read the articles in JW Magazine and TIME



Interviews about the book

Huffington Post (with Nell Minow)

Cynsations (with Cynthia Leitich Smith)

Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb

PJ Library: Part 1 and Part 2

The Whole Megillah (with Barbara Krasner)

New Books Network podcast (with Susan Raab)

The Book of Life podcast (with Heidi Rabinowitz)

And, for fun, listen to and watch RBG talk about the book with Katie Couric here. Tune in at 25:00 minutes for the I Dissent discussion.

Discussion and Classroom Guides

Anti-Defamation League: I Dissent was designated the ADL’s Book of the Month in December 2016. Read and download the ADL’s Parent/Family Discussion Guide for the book, and its Educator Discussion Guide.

The Classroom Bookshelf: Lesley University Professor Grace Enriquez shares many ideas and strategies for teaching I Dissent in this guide.

“Notorious Dissension,” by Julie Danielson on KirkusReviews.com: “a superb choice for classroom research projects”

Pencil Tips Writing Workshop Blog–in which I offer ideas for helping kids discover the power and art of dissent

And don’t miss Simon & Schuster’s I Dissent Curriculum Guide.

Listen to RBG . . .

As a 39-year-old lawyer arguing before the Supreme Court in 1972 in the case of Frontiero v. Richardson, her first appearance before the Court

As a Supreme Court Justice questioning the lawyers appearing before the Court in the 2013 Voting Rights Act case of Shelby County v. Holder

Visiting her elementary school in Brooklyn, New York, in 1994




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